PIEs, Housing First and community integration

On October 20th 2021, we again co-hosted - with Alex Smith of Housing First England -  a discussion on Housing First and PIEs, with the focus on community integration.

This discussion aimed to explore in more depth the suggestion that we can now see Housing First services as one particular application of the PIE approach; beginning with a presentation by Robin Johnson on how the PIEs 2 framework aimed to address issues that HF services too must address.

If so, Robin asks, can we then use the assessment and service development framework for PIEs, the Pizazz, as a way to get below the surface of Housing First principles, to explore more the variety and creativity in what works?

How well or how far does PIEs 2.0 really work, for Housing First practice? How useful is the Pizazz - and its new software counterpart, the PIE Abacus?

And what more might we yet need to do, to take this forward., into community of practice sharing, and research?


Housing First and PIEs in general needs housing

This issue was one of those touched on frequently in Season One of these lunchtime forums. (See, for example, the exchange between John McGlone and Robin Johnson, in an excerpt from one session.)

But curiously, it did not come up as much in the forum specifically on general needs housing; which also had the fewest attending.  So we continue the conversation, over Seasons Two and Three, but in the context of discussions on PIEs and Housing First.

We  co-hosted (again with Alex Smith of Housing First England) an additional session in the Season Two schedule, on 7th July to explore issues of community involvement and integration, with a particular emphasis on Housing First. The webinar on 20th October aims to take this a stage further.


Being 'housed', and being 'at home'

The COVID era has given a huge boost to the case for rapid re-housing; but also it has thrown up issues of loneliness, the importance of a sense of belonging. It has also meant that many general needs housing services need to find ways to work with tenants with complex needs, and with support services and local communities.

We are inviting any services interested to explore together how the PIEs approach can infuse general needs housing, and help develop new community support models, to tackle isolation.

NB: This also throws up issues in the language we use, not just within services, and in dealing with service users, but with other agencies, and in speaking to the general public. This discussion will continue to evolve, in the 'service-user-friendly language' forum  (HERE).


One possible discussion topic

In the UK and elsewhere, we tend to think of 'general needs housing' as 'ordinary' housing as distinct from more specialist-built units. But these lines can blur. In the US, for example, we may find permanent tenancies offered, under the Housing First programme, in 'campus' style housing, wether adapted or specially built for the purpose.

Likewise we don't normally think of a hotel as 'general needs housing'. But in other countries there have been examples of hotels taken over to provide semi-permanent (ie: flexible tenancy) accommodation.

In the UK, as a response to the COVID crisis, we have seen hotels brought into use as temporary accommodation.  So one question is whether this is simply a temporary expedient, or a model with some positive features, to build on?


Further background reading/listening/viewing

All forums 

Season Three : HERE


'Housing First and PIEs - A natural fit?'

Robin Johnson's presentation at the October 2021 webinar - to follow asap....



Housing First and PIEs - a forum conversation excerpt with John McGlone


PIElink pages

PIEs in 'scattered site' and 'networked housing' : HOME

Clubhouses, cores, and campus models : HERE


Library items: discussions

(Please note: you will need to be registered and logged in, to access items from the members' Library.)

NIMHE on the 'At Home?' study : HERE

Robin Johnson on Public health and social housing: a natural alliance?HERE

Dick on Laban on working with the 'pre-contemplative' stage user:  'Take a chance on me' : HERE

Alex Smith and Ray Middleton on Navigators and 'system change broker's: HERE


Case studies

Leonie Boland on OT in another key - visual methods assisting person-centred home-making : HERE

Jay Levy on A PIE of pathways - the work of REACH : HERE

1011 Lansdowne (Inter-agency eviction avoidance protocol) :  HERE

The Bell Hotel supportive housing project : HERE